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Elijah - the type

Jesus was the antitype.  John the Baptist was not.   

Do I now need to dodge the stream of diverse verses prooffered (sic.) in return?


The general (Christian) consensus appears to be that Elijah pictured John the Baptizer*

* not Baptist, for that denomination did not exist at that time ;-)


The disciples also thought that Jesus was making reference to John the Baptizer in Matthew 17:11-13 and Mark 9:11-13, but that is impossible because the text also says that he would restore all things, something exclusively reserved for the Messiah/Christ.


This is what Gabriel told Elizabeth:

(Luke 1:16-17) 16 and many of the sons of Israel will he turn back to Jehovah their God. 17 Also, he will go before him with E·li´jah’s spirit and power, to turn back the hearts of fathers to children and the disobedient ones to the practical wisdom of righteous ones, to get ready for Jehovah a prepared people.”  NWT

16 And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God.  17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.  AV-KJV

(Lord/LORD related and other footnote bits bottom of page)

As pointed out above, Jesus did say something about Elijah, as have a profuse list of religious dignitaries, prophets, NT writers and commentators.  Great essays/Articles by Anglican/Catholic Cardinal Newman, Joel Smith of the Baha'i Faith, Dawn Bible Students and untold others to enlighten and/or confuse expert and layman alike.


However, one simple answer suffices:

The transfiguration, where Jesus shares a moment with two of his most prominent types: Moses and Elijah.


Identifying Moses as the type is easy.  His work relative to the Covenant/Testament he mediated, that it was clearly prophesied in Deuteronomy 18:15-18, and his presence in the transfiguration, testify to that.

Elijah is a somewhat different.  While his work as prophet, standing up for Jehovah and His righteousness may very well qualify him typically, it is the handing everything he was, had become, had accomplished, was appointed for, the garment and the double portion of Jehovah' spirit over to Elisha and, most significantly, his presence alongside Moses in the transfiguration that absolutely does it!

Alas, it is this very handing his all on to Elisha that constitutes the key obstacle for all Christians to understand the antitype.  Hand over to whom, for goodness sake!  

Let's view the actual report of the handover in 2 Kings 2:1-18:

(2 Kings 2:9-15) 9 And it came about that as soon as they had gone across E·li´jah himself said to E·li´sha: “Ask what I should do for you before I am taken from you.” To this E·li´sha said: “Please, that two parts in your spirit may come to me.” 10 At that he said: “You have asked a difficult thing. If you see me when taken from you, it will happen to you that way; but if [you do] not, it will not happen.” 11 And it came about that as they were walking along, speaking as they walked, why, look! a fiery war chariot and fiery horses, and they proceeded to make a separation between them both; and E·li´jah went ascending in the windstorm to the heavens. 12 All the while E·li´sha was seeing it, and he was crying out: “My father, my father, the war chariot of Israel and his horsemen!” And he did not see him anymore. Consequently he took hold of his own garments and ripped them into two pieces. 13 After that he picked up the official garment of E·li´jah that had fallen off him, and went back and stood by the shore of the Jordan. 14 Then he took the official garment of E·li´jah that had fallen off him and struck the waters and said: “Where is Jehovah the God of E·li´jah, even He?” When he struck the waters, then they were gradually divided this way and that way, so that E·li´sha went across. 15 When the sons of the prophets that were at Jer´i·cho saw him some way off, they began to say: “The spirit of E·li´jah has settled down upon E·li´sha.”. . .  NWT
(could have used the ASV, but for its Kingjamishness)


“OK! OK! We already know that's the type but what about the antitype?”

Well, you guys will NEVER know, unless you allow the Abraham - Isaac - Sheep drama prefigurement to run freely in the New Testament antitype stakes.

Christians need to realise that just as there were two lives involved in the type: Abraham's only-begotten son Isaac AND the sheep who/that took his place, there were likewise two lives involved:  1. Jehovah's heavenly only begotten Archangel son and  2. the man/sheep Jesus.  

Jehovah offered His only begotten son for His firstborn son Israel, only to be saved in the nick of time and God's providence, by the sheep Jesus.

It is to this only begotten of God, the antitype of Elisha*, Jesus the sheep handed over everything he was, had become, inherited and accomplished after he had died and was eaten as Israel's second Passover* and final Atonement* sacrifice and, would you believe, the manna* - here from the AV John 6:31-42:

31 Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat. 32 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.  33 For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.  34 Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread.  

35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.  36 But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not.  37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.  38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.  39 And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.  40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.  

41 The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, I am the bread which came down from heaven.  42 And they said, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? how is it then that he saith, I came down from heaven?  43 Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves.  44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.  45 It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.  46 Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father.  47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.  

48 I am that bread of life.  49 Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.  50 This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.  51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.  

52 The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat? 53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.  54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.  55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.  56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.  57 As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.  58 This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.  59 These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum.

* Not mentioned in the NT?
   
 Absolutely no need once it is correctly and clearly understood that Jehovah's heavenly
     only-begotten angelic son was an entirely different and separate living creature
     from that of Jesus in the manner of Isaac and the sheep sacrificed instead.

* 1 Corinthians 5:7;  

* Galatians 4:4-5; Hebrews 9:15;

* sent from Jehovah's heavenly Manna storehouse like Jesus?  NO!
    Like the Manna, Jesus was made from the elements right here on earth
    as was Adam, but via Mary's womb
Psalm 139:13-15


Even the names have it:

(E·li´jah) [My God Is Jehovah]    ─     The type: Jesus' fearlessly represented Jehovah

and substituted for the one offered in John 3:16:

(E·li´sha) [God Is Salvation]*      ─    The antitype: Jehovah's heavenly only-begotten son
                                                         who
saved Israel to continue with the promises.

* Elisha was a prophet exclusively to Israel as was their salvation promised by Jehovah!
    He was the perfect type of the one who was to be offered in their behalf with Jesus dying instead.

All you seekers of wisdom and truth from God:

Understand the so-called Old Testament and you shall understand the New.


Where did Elisha go when he was whisked heavenwards on a chariot in a windstorm?

Well, I shall dump a paragraph from that splendid JW encyclopedic Insight On The Scriptures Volume 1 Page 712:

Elijah does not die at this time, nor does he go into the invisible spirit realm, but he is transferred to another prophetic assignment. (Joh 3:13)*  This is shown by the fact that Elisha does not hold any period of mourning for his master. A number of years after his ascension in the windstorm Elijah is still alive and active as a prophet, this time to the king of Judah. Because of the wicked course taken by King Jehoram of Judah, Elijah writes him a letter expressing Jehovah’s condemnation, which is fulfilled shortly thereafter.

* No man ascended to heaven


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However stupid I may appear to some, the Lord in the AV quote top of page, was not Jesus, who was still 6 months away from being conceived in Mary's womb, whereas monotheist Israel's God, according to Exodus 3:15, was:  

American Standard Version
And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, Jehovah, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name forever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.

Darby Bible Translation
And God said moreover to Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel: Jehovah, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you. This is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.

New World Translation
Then God said once more to Moses: “This is what you are to say to the sons of Israel, ‘Jehovah the God of YOUR forefathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God  of Jacob, has sent me to YOU.’ This is my name to time indefinite,. . .

Should not have to do all this name sorting/calling, but here is the definitive one to sort it for Israel under both Testaments/Covenants:

Psalm 110:1, first from the Authorized Version KJ followed by the ASV:

A Psalm of David. The LORD <03068> said unto my Lord <0113>, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.

A Psalm of David. Jehovah saith unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, Until I make thine enemies thy footstool.


May add more to this if required.